Ayodhya Hearing to End at 5 PM Today: CJI

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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said that the daily hearings in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya will end today at 5 pm.

Gogoi said, “We will rise by 5 pm. Enough is enough”, this was said by the CJI after a lawyer asked the court for more time for arguments.

The Ayodhya mediation panel is likely to file its report on the second round of mediation today. The court is expected to announce a verdict in the 134-year-old title suit before the Chief Justice leaves office on November 17.

Senior advocate K Parasaran on Tuesday, while appearing for Ram Lalla Virajman or the “infant Lord Ram”, one of the parties to the dispute, said Hindus had been fighting for centuries for the place believed to be the birthplace of Ram and argued that Muslims could pray at any mosque they wanted.

“Muslims can pray in any other mosque as well. There are 55-60 mosques in Ayodhya alone. But for Hindus, it is the birthplace of Lord Ram. We can’t change the birthplace,” said Mr Parasaran, a former advocate general.

In a lighter moment in the court, the Chief Justice asked Rajeev Dhavan, who represents the Muslim petitioners, if he felt the court was asking enough questions of the Hindu parties. “We are saying this on a lighter note. Not everything has to be taken seriously. Today is the 39th day,” the Chief Justice said.

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